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Gurmeet is an Architect and the director of Office Sian Architecture + Design, based in Waltham Forest. He works on a variety of projects at different scales, from domestic to estate regeneration. In particular, he specialises in developing ideas and delivering projects in partnership with public bodies and local communities.
A British-Tibetan architectural designer, curator and filmmaker based in London.
As Assistant Curator at Open City, Nyima produced 50 short architecture documentaries in the last year alone. These films were designed to open up spaces that normally the public would not have access to, and champion the diversity of London’s architectural spaces.
In 2021 Nyima joined N.A.W (New Architecture Writers) and started a POC architectural filmmaking mentorship programme with Jim Stephenson.
Nyima completed her bachelors in Architecture and Interdisciplinary Studies at the Bartlett School of Architecture, and won the Bartlett Medal for her thesis project on radical architectural education. She is currently undertaking a masters in Landscape Architecture at the Bartlett.
Born and raised in Waltham Forest, Remi Connolly-Taylor is an East London based designer, who founded REMI.C.T Studio in 2017. She has trained and practised on a local, European and global scale and brings an understanding of the built environment with the ever-changing complexities of lifestyle and well-being.
Connolly-Taylor’s main ambition with the Studio is to drive the conversation between art, design, and development into research that encourages people to invest in a design-led environment and create sustainable lifestyles.
A Waltham Forest-based communications consultant, dedicated to professional and cultural activities within the architectural community. He works alongside architects, designers and institutions, with a career spanning books, exhibitions, concepts, thought-leadership, profiling and events. Rob is currently the Chairman of the Board of the Museum of Architecture, a Committee Member of the London Society, a Board Director for the Blackhorse Workshop in Walthamstow and a trustee of the DKUK gallery in Peckham.
Tori is a young person aged 17 who works for the Waltham Forest council. Tori is a YIAG (young advisor) in her community. She is seen as a representative for young people and She does various activities to help better everyone in the community. Tori also has a huge interest for 3D design as this is something she is currently studying in college.
Will works across various sites, scales and styles, from landscape design and urban interventions, to small-scale architectural projects. The studio has established itself as a forerunner in designing vibrant urban spaces, proving that through careful engagement with multiple stakeholders, the gap can be bridged between clients, government, and community. The practice specialises in high-quality, flexible or temporary projects that engage new audiences.
Passionate about the natural and built environment, their projects help inform, influence and inspire the potential of the future permanent public realm, encouraging public participation and feedback from the outset, thus enabling further project evolution. In 2019, Will was appointed by the British Council to lead the Reframing Spaces project in Caracas, Venezuela, which led to the development of the Catalyst Cube. The project was selected as a finalist in the international Tactical Urbanism NOW design competition.
In 2011 Will co-founded The Edible Bus Stop Design Studio where his role as Creative Director oversaw innovative approaches to meanwhile and socially led public realm activations. He recently stepped down to explore how he can integrate his specialist skills into larger masterplans and strategy projects, becoming an Associate at international Landscape Architecture and Urbanism studio, McGregor Coxall. Will also co-leads first year landscape architecture design studio at Greenwich University.
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Cann Hall Skatepark
Cann Hall Park, Cann Hall Road, E11 3NN.
The design concept was to create something truly unique that added a nod to the locality in the details. Working closely with local users, the designers have created a seamless blend of Scandinavian beauty and East London heritage, whilst bringing variety and function to its different activities.
Cheney Row Park
Cheney Row Park, E17 5ED
Cheney Row was a former landfill site that, through remediation and community co-design, has been transformed. It now provides new events and play space, a BMX track, improved entrances and paths, and space for nature. One of the lasting successes of the project is the new Friends Group which will help ensure the continued activation of the park and help sustain its future
1c The Drive, Walthamstow, E17 3BN
Walthamstow & Chingford Almshouse Charity (WCAC) provides affordable rented housing to local older people. This new sheltered housing scheme provides 20 generously sized, dual aspect one-bedroom flats with communal facilities, designed to embody HAPPI principles (Housing our Ageing Population Panel for Innovation).
3 Copeland Road, E17 9DB
Copeland Road is a four-bedroom, three-storey Victorian mid-terraced house in Walthamstow. Designers have created a new side and rear extension, alongside a roof extension to create a high-quality family home suitable for modern living, while preserving historic elements of the property.
Waltham Forest Town Hall, Forest Road, E17 4JF
Waltham Forest’s elegant Town Hall has been restored and its surrounding landscape has been sensitively transformed into a vibrant neighbourhood where council staff, local businesses and residents can come together. The civic campus is a place where staff, residents and visitors should always feel welcomed and involved.
Francis Road, E10
As the focal point of the Enjoy Waltham Forest Leyton Town Centre scheme, Francis Road was regenerated through a Highways improvement scheme into an attractive high street, reinvigorating businesses and encouraging local people to use and enjoy their local shopping area. The vision was to transform the road into a thriving high street and healthy place for community interaction; make the road safer and more attractive for all; make walking and cycling a more attractive and convenient option for local people; and decrease congestion on the road and in the surrounding area.
47 Gainsford Road, E17 6ZL
Gainsford Road is a new development that provides affordable homes for first-time buyers in Walthamstow, designed by London-based architecture and urban design partnership Gort Scott for Pocket Living. Located on a residential terraced street and close to the town centre, the project comprises 45 one-bedroom apartments and sensitively responds to the massing of adjacent buildings.
Lea Bridge Rd/Whipps Cross Interchange
Lea Bridge Road, Waltham Forest, E10/E17
The flagship scheme of Mini Holland Lea Bridge Road (Enjoy Waltham Forest) transforms the look of the road into a thriving high street and place for community interaction, increasing footfall and business opportunities; making the road safer and more attractive so encouraging walking and cycling; and smoothing traffic flows by upgrading junction signals and improving the borough’s road network.
128 Claude Road, E10 6NE
Built on a corner site in East London, Leyton House forms a new home for a filmmaker and writer. The narrow site sits at the end of a 1960s terrace that straddles two Victorian streets. The modern and contemporary house respects the spirit of the 60’s terrace whilst addressing the Victorian context of the neighboring street.
Linear Park: Plot Lines
Grove Green Road, Leytonstone, E11 4EN
Plot Lines traces the pattern of houses that previously existed along the half kilometre park in strips of lavender, with historic stories inscribed on plaques amongst meadow grasses and wildflowers. A Friends group has been established to plant and maintain the small community gardens and local schools have planted raised beds and built an insect habitat.
71-81 Sutherland Road, E17 6BH
Sutherland Road provides 59 affordable homes, a shared communal garden and health centre on a site in Walthamstow, previously occupied by semi-derelict industrial buildings. Following the residential-led redevelopment of other nearby sites, there was an opportunity to continue the regeneration of the area and better serve local residents.
The Forest Garden
Junction of Drayton, Southwest and Bulwer Roads, E11 1BX
HUT Architecture and HOS Landscapes have transformed a traffic island in the heart of Leytonstone into a vibrant community garden for residents to enjoy. The Forest Garden, completed in October 2020, has been designed to enhance biodiversity and provide natural habitats for bees, bugs and butterflies. The project has been adopted by a community of green-fingered local residents, who will tend to the garden over the coming years.
The Shade, Aldriche Way
Aldriche Way, London, E4 9LZ
In 2018, young people from Aldriche Way, a Waltham Forest housing estate, designed and built ‘The Shade’, a community space in the centre of their estate. Located on an area of tarmac that had been empty since the estate was built, The Shade is a new stage and garden, with seating, table tennis and a BBQ area.
2 Forest Road, Walthamstow, N17 9NH
The physical gap in the Lea Valley regional park map was also a gap in the mental map of local people, with many local people unaware of the 200 hectares of the reservoirs on their doorstep. The main experience of the place, for most people was of defensive high palisade fencing. The first step in opening up the wetlands was to connect to surrounding areas, which have a deficiency in access to nature. Primarily this is done through a 1.7km north- south walking and cycling route from Coppermill to Blackhorse Lane and four new access points.
Winners from 2017 Click to get info
Category 1: Best Public Realm
|Winner||Golden Parade (Wood St shop fronts)|
|Commendation||William Morris Mural|
Category 2: Best Civic Project
|Commendation||Davies Lane Primary School|
Category 3: Most Creative Building Reuse
|Commendation||Mirth, Marvel and Maud|
|Commendation||134 Trumpington Road|
Category 4: Best Residential Scheme
|Special award||Outstanding Contribution To The Regeneration Of Walthamstow Town Centre (The Scene)|